Zen and the Art of Making Pea Soup

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Werner Erhard: ... Pea Soup

A term I use to describe the mess that surrounds most issues in the world today and prevents us from getting at what is really so about the world's problems is "pea soup." The pea soup is a mass of confusion, controversy, argument, conflict, and opinions. It is, in fact, composed of positions and oppositions.

The mass of the pea soup is created like this: As a nucleus, you have "yes" and "no" as position and opposition. Then around the nucleus an enormous mass called "other solutions" builds up. For example: "That way won't work. Try it this way instead." "We need to do more. "Oh, no, that won't work, I've got a better idea." "No, none of that will work, we need to do it differently."

Then this mass of solutions becomes the larger nucleus for an additional round of more/better/different, which becomes an even larger nucleus for more/better/different and on and on. That's how you get the mass of the pea soup. That is the way we create the confusion and conflict and controversy that keep us from even seeing the truth of what the problem is.


... It's a bit more than the RWG which is the machinery of polarity between a couple of egos.  Pea soup is the entire morass that turns a thingy into a problem & shrouds  it.  Same machinery though !

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  1. pea soup
  2. zen
  3. werner erhard
  4. hunger

Comments


Mark de LA says
For love's the only reason why ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a_fr9j7RUc


C says
Thanks, Seth - good find.  I had an uncontrollable urge to weep for a few minutes on that one - so sad.

Seth says
About solving hunger...



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